The Vegetarian Diet and The Planet
It would seem that vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets are coming of age with more of the UK population aiming to consume less meat and other animal products. Consumers have also started to reflect concerns for the planet with a real will in some quarters to consume a more sustainable diet.
A recent report in The Lancet known as The EAT Report suggested that more nuts than meat should be consumed daily. Eating a plant-based diet could halt the current trend for toxic food production - it’s thought that a quarter of all greenhouse gases, implicated in the extreme weather events and sea-level rise, are created from food production. The main recommendations from the EAT diet are to consume a plant-based diet, low or zero intake of red meat, fish several times a week and small amounts of poultry and eggs. These recommendations incorporate the fortification of some foods with Vitamin B12 and riboflavin.
There seems to be a will in the UK to be more thoughtful about sustainability, and perhaps there are steps everyone can take, which will promote not only a healthy diet but a healthier planet. Replacing some red meat meals for those who consume meat, and perhaps regard it more of a treat than a routine resource and consuming more plant-based meals would undoubtedly help according to current research.
This no doubt will be an ongoing discussion and dietary needs should be balanced. This is where more education on what a balanced diet looks like, regardless of dietary type needs to be passed on to the consumer.
No fad diets, just healthy diets.